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Is changing footstrike pattern beneficial to runners?

I just going to leave this one there with no commentary… Is changing footstrike pattern beneficial to runners? Joseph Hamill & Allison H. Gruber Journal of Sport and Health Science; 28 February 2017 Some researchers, running instructors, and coaches have suggested that the “optimal” footstrike pattern to improve performance and reduce running injuries is land […]

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Monday morning laugh

Not any evidence based review or anything like that today. Remember all the propaganda, rhetoric and vitriol about heel striking being evil? I will just leave this Rio Marathon Facebook comment here: As always, I go where the evidence takes me until convinced otherwise ….and a Facebook comment is not evidence, but I think we […]

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Impact Related Factors and Running Injury

I have blogged before (Just How Significant are Heel Impacts at Causing Injury When Running?) and repeatedly commented that the evidence that links impact related factors to running injuries is far from compelling. I am not saying they don’t, it is just that the evidence supporting the link is not strong (and one study has […]

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Foot Strike Pattern and Injury Rates

Hot on the heels of the prospective study I just reviewed on injury rates between barefoot and traditionally shod runners that showed that there really weren’t any differences we have a publication showing that here were no differences between different foot strike patterns as well. I have already discussed this study as it was first […]

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Differences in injury rates between…

… barefoot vs shod? … foot strike pattern? This just showed up in my alerts: The Science of Running: Factors Contributing to Injury Rates in Shod and Unshod Populations MacKenzie, Ryan; MacKenzie, Lene; Martinez, Alicia; and Cardoza, Marisol Student-Faculty Research – School of Physical Therapy. Paper 6. 2014 This appears to be a poster presentation […]

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Muscle Activity Differences in Forefoot and Rearfoot Strikers

Different running techniques load different tissues in different runners differently which has implications for subject specific differences in running economy and running injury risk profile. In that context it was nice to see this turn up: Differences in Muscle Activity between Natural Forefoot and Rearfoot Strikers during Running Jennifer R. Yong, Amy Silder, Scott L. […]

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Muscle strength in shod, minimalist and foot orthotic wearing runners

I going to start off with this image¹: There is plenty of the usual propaganda and rhetoric about foot orthotics weakening muscles in the crankosphere blogosphere, therefore they are evil: Truth or lie? I already addressed the issue of running shoes weakening muscles (they don’t); but that has not stopped the fan boys still claiming that they […]

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